My brother started an iPhone app design company that has become a family business. So one of the goals for this adventure year of mine was to start working in the Tapity office.
Obviously, I have the best bosses in the world. I have very little visual art skills (okay, none) and I don’t hardly know how to use an iPhone let alone program apps for one. My dad and brother have capitalized on what I do like to do: write. They set me up to work in customer service, responding to emails from customers. They have also let me head up content marketing, and now I run a blog for them!
Note: to all those people who say you can’t make money as a writer, K.O.! Just check out the world of freelance writing – it is teeming with opportunity!
I love writing. I love writing for pay. However, the joys of working at Tapity did not end at being matched to my skill set. They are constantly pushing me. They teach me new skills and then quickly thrust me into real-world situations to practice. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, but it has been an education it its own right and I am thankful for it.
Despite having the best job I could possibly ask for, I hated being in the office. The colorless walls depressed me. My feet felt fidgety and my muscles accused me of neglect. I’d get home feeling tired and unproductive, since I’m used to being much more physically active throughout the day.
“This is not what I was imagining for adventure year.”
I realize now that I am not destined to spend my life behind a computer. However, while the opportunity avails itself, why not embrace it with all the enthusiasm I can muster? There are so many wonderful things about working in an office. It has been an adjustment, but I have learned to love it.
–People. There are about five guys around all the time and other people coming in and out occasionally. I love meeting new people. And let’s face it, my coworkers, I guess that is what you call them, are hilarious. Lunch breaks invariably involve one or two borderline spit-takes and a couple bouts of deep down belly laughter.
–Focus. Having a special environment dedicated to working on my computer keeps me from getting up and running around to do other random things. At first I thought that was a bad thing, I felt imprisoned. Now I realize that it helps me to be more productive.
– Jumping jacks. Lack of physical exercise really got me down the first few times I went to the office. After a few hours I felt like a huge hump of blubber. Call me a weirdo – I was homeschooled all my life and never understood the concept of sitting behind a desk for hours at a time. The office’s exercise prospects were bleak until I discovered that due to the building being inhabited predominantly by male professionals, the women’s restroom is pretty much my personal domain do whatever I like with. Every hour or so I run down the hall to “use the restroom” and release all that pent up unadapted homeschool energy.
–Dressing up. It is nice to be able to wear grown-up clothes and jewelry outside of the house once in a while.
–Community. The office building I work at is located in a lovely little shopping village. Sometimes I run around around and pretend to be a grown-up. Once in a while I’ll even buy myself a treat and sit down for some proper people watching. Oh and did I mention that there is a Barnes&Noble down the street from the office? Yeah – I pretty much go there every lunch break to check for sales and just, you know, sniff.
–Learning. I learn so much every day. My brother and dad are always pushing me in new directions. So far I have learned about social media marketing, google ads, twitter ads, tweeting, creating shareable content, customer service, contacting press, and much much more. Not to mention all the research I get to for for the Hours productivity and time tracking blog. Dude – I’ll practically be the next Frank Gilbreth.
–Writing. Most of what I do for Tapity involves writing. Yes, I would rather be writing my novel. However, writing articles is fascinating and fun in its own way and I enjoy every minute of it. I hope to become a freelance writer in college and beyond. Not full-time, just a bit on the side. The fact that I am getting valuable experience in the writing-for-pay world is just too fantastic for words.
–Snacks. Let’s face it, the snacks are delicious. As a part-time worker in a crowded office, I’ve been banished to create myself a space on the table in the break room. No complaints.
–The weekend. As a homeschooled kid in the intensity of junior and senior year, school often ran into the weekend. Thus it was that my days all looked the same: wake up, study for as much time as humanely possible, do some other stuff, sleep. Even after starting my gap year I stayed busy with all sorts of personal projects that started as soon as I woke up and continued to the moment I went to bed every single day. I’ve never fully appreciated the idea of a weekend. Now my weekends are still busy, but it is nice to be able to separate my life. Saturdays are dedicated to a completely different kind of busy. It breaks up the week and makes everything more interesting. Also, I can dedicate myself whole heartily to personal projects and fun stuff without any guilt, knowing that I worked really hard on Friday to get all the nitty gritties finished.
All in all, it has been a lovely experience. I actually hope to work in the office more in the coming months. I went looking for the beauty in a situation and found a whole lot more than I was expecting.